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Pre-Meeting Training Session

SSP Journals Quick Starter

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

New for the 2020 Annual Meeting, this day-length pre-meeting session will provide attendees with a complete overview of the academic journals ecosystem, giving them the “quick start” they need to navigate this evolving landscape. The session program is composed of several “modules” touching on all major facets of journals publishing—financial skills and business models; marketing, editorial and production; data and decision making; and the tools and technology of journals publishing—each led by experts in their respective fields. 

The course has been designed especially for earlier- to mid-career professionals currently working in journals and hoping to gain a more rounded perspective on the journals publishing environment.  It will also be useful to vendors, librarians, and book publishers who wish to enhance their understanding of journals publishing. 


8:30 – 8:45 am Opening Remarks and Overview of Academic Publishing
  Mary Beth Barilla, Society for Scholarly Publishing
Heather Staines, Knowledge Futures Group
8:45 – 9:30 am The Business of Academic Publishing
  Jennifer Pesanelli, Biophysical Society
Rob Dilworth, Duke University Press
  • Financial skills
  • P&L’s – What’s important?
  • Assessing financial success of a journal
  • Other business considerations, including launching a new journal and flipping a journal to OA
9:30 am – 10:30 am Journal Business Models
  Jean Shipman, Retired, VP Global Library Relations, Elsevier and Librarian Emerita, University of Utah
Wendy Newsham, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers
Raym Crow, Chain Bridge Group
  • Customers/stakeholders
  • Subscriptions
  • Consortia and multi-site licensing
  • OA models, including hybrid and Read and Publish
10:30 – 10:45 am BREAK
10:45 am – 11:30 am Production and Editorial 
  Miranda Walker, Wolters Kluwer
Jennifer Deyton, J & J Editorial
  • The peer review process
  • Managing editorial boards
  • Managing the submission process
  • Delivery, access, and online platforms
  Focused Networking with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
12:30 – 1:15 pm Marketing 
  David Nygren, American Psychological Association 
Jocelyn Dawson, Duke University Press
  • Market strategy
  • Market research
  • Marketing tactics, ops, and execution
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm  Data and Decision Making
  Ann Michael, PLOS
Gwen Evans, OhioLINK
  • Data analysis
  • Data tracking
  • Data-driven best practices
2:00 – 2:15 pm BREAK 
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Tools and Technology
  Phill Jones, Double L Digital
Lettie Conrad, Maverick Publishing Specialists
  • “LIGHTNING” session on top tools
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Closing Remarks


Registration for the session includes a networking lunch as well as admission to the Annual Meeting’s opening keynote and reception. Select the Pre-Meeting Seminar registration type and then add the training session in the Program. If you are attending the rest of the Annual Meeting, select your primary registration type and and then add the training session in the Program.

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